Young Chelsea attacking midfielder Nathan is finally seeing some success in his Atlético Mineiro loan, after being frozen out for the most of last season spent at the Brazilian Serie A club. However, his loan contract ends next month and, as he says that Atlético have not had any contact with him or his representatives regarding an extension.
“They have yet to talk about renewing the deal. My contract ends next month, and it has a buy-option. But on that front, I am still calm.”
Atlético are said to be interested in extending his stay, but not through the buy-option as Nathan’s contract with Chelsea only has 12 more months to go. Another loan is certainly a possibility, depending on how much we might insist on recouping the less than £5m spent back in 2015.
“I will stay focused on Atlético until the last moment. If it is God’s will [for me to stay], I will stay. I would like to stay, too.
“As it was the case with the previous manager, in the attacking midfield position, [Juan] Cazares was already the starter. I made myself available to play in other positions, which is how things were when I played in Europe. I am very happy with the opportunities I have been getting. In one game I play as a central midfielder, then as a attacking midfielder and after that, as a winger.
“Adapting to Brazil was a bit hard. But I am working hard, day by day”
-Nathan; Source: UOL Esporte
Things didn’t start well for Nathan at Atletico, but he has turned it around and is looking to continue improving and playing an ever bigger role as they look to better last year’s 6th place finish. The 23-year-old has featured in 3 of their 4 league games so far, scoring one goal.